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Jam Crack - The Niall Grimes Climbing Podcast

Irish / Sheffield climber Niall Grimes in conversation with characters on the UK and international climbing scene. Also classic climbing stories read aloud.
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Dec 13, 2016

Scottish climbing legend Rab Carrington reads two stories: His own An Early Ascent of Raven Gully, about a winter ascent of the classic line on The Buchaille and Tom Patety’s A Short Walk with Whillans, in which the fondly-remembered Tom Patey recounts a typical attempt on The Eiger in the company of Don Whillans.

Nov 30, 2016

Multi-award-winning outdoor film maker Jen Randall discusses the creative process involved in making her films such as Operation Moffat, The Bothy Project and Project Mina, as well as her next venture, working with Andy Kirkpatrick on the film versuion of his autobiography, Psychovertical.

Nov 22, 2016

Alex Megos, the 23-year-old Übercrimpenkranker, and the first climber in the world to onsight 9a,  is coerced into a small art room at the Kendal Mountain Festival. Here he tells Niall Grimes loads of really important and interesting stuff.

Oct 20, 2016

Sheffield-based rock climber and alpinist, Ben Silvestre, reads Helmet Boiler, a story about a Gogarth choss-ride, and a poem, My Darker Self.

Oct 7, 2016

Lucy Creamer, one of the UK's greatest female climbers, gives the lowdown on her highlife. 

Sep 20, 2016

Niall Grimes reads his own story, And Then It Hit Me. Also Brick Edge Cruiser; competition.

Sep 8, 2016

John Redhead, author of many of the bigges, baddest leads of the 1980s talks to Niall Grimes about: septic tanks; sonic archaeology; Indian Face; North Stack Wall; Cloggy; The Bells; The Queen; Paul Williams.

Aug 11, 2016

NG talk to Australian climbing photographer Glenn Robbins who produced many iconic images in the 1980s and since. Topics include Arapiles; photography; arseless leather chaps; Wolfgang Gullich; Sheffield; Gogarth; Paul Pritchard; depression.

Jul 23, 2016

Niall Grimes chats with top British climber from the 1960s, 70s and beyond, Martin Boysen. Topics include: mental training World War 2; the Rock and Ice Club; Joe Brown; gritstone; sandstone; Clint Eastwood; Cerro Torre; development of gear; Trango Tower.

Jun 21, 2016

Niall Grimes reads his own story about a chance meeting with the late Dean Potter.

Jun 5, 2016

Alex Honnold, the world's most celebrated free soloist, sits down for a chinwag with Niall Grimes.

May 10, 2016

John Long reads The Only Blasphemy, his near-leethal encounter with the ropeless Najinski, John Bacher

Apr 26, 2016

Getting the lowdown on the highline, Niall Grimes talks to a group of highliners about their obscure activity.

Apr 13, 2016

In this episode Paul Pritchard reads his own story, Rubble Merchants, Slate Heads and Others from his book, Deep Play.

Mar 25, 2016

In this episode Niall Grimes has a chinwag with Irish / Belgian A-list, globe-trotting, seaboat-sailing, shanty-singing, rock-lubber, Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll. We talk about Patagonia, Greenland, Ireland, the Atlantic, sexual predators and hitch-hiking.

Mar 15, 2016

In this episode Dermot Somers reads his own short story, Dark Mourne.

Mar 1, 2016

In this episode Niall Grimes chats with the leading female climber of the 1980s, Catherine Destivelle, about childhood, the Verdon Gorge, competitions and late-night poker sessions.

Feb 16, 2016

Chris Schulte reads Chuck Pratt's legendary account of desert climbing exploration in the 1960s, The View From Dead Horse Point.

Feb 3, 2016

In this episode Niall Grimes interviews British climber Michaela Tracy about growing up through competitions, Word Cup experiences, training, health issues and the discovery of trad climbing.

Jan 18, 2016

In this episode Niall Grimes reads out one of his own stories, You've Been Popped. It concerns a day out on a wet gritstone crag, an awkward roof crack, a mysterious American climber and a huge cam.

Jan 4, 2016

In this episode Niall Grimes interviews US climber Tommy Caldwell about his childhood, early climbing, getting kidnapped in Kyrgyzstan and the Dawn Wall.

Dec 26, 2015

In this episode Niall Grimes reads out one of his own stories, The Dimmest Glimmer, set in a climbers' hut at the edge of Ireland's great, dark crag, Fair Head. Also music from www.dobdobdob.co.uk

Dec 15, 2015

In this episode Niall Grimes talks with Sheffield climber Chris 'Gus' Hudgins about early climbing, life in Sheffield, the Climbing Works and their notorious parties and about his own techno DJing.

Dec 1, 2015

This is just a test to see if I can get everything to work. It's a jingle that Gus made for me, feat. Natalia on vocals.

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